Posey plans to announce his retirement from professional baseball Thursday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. The 34-year-old has a $22 million club option for 2022 -- which is the last year of his contract -- and the news certainly comes as a surprise after he posted one of the best offensive seasons of his 12-year career in 2021. Posey looked revitalized this season after sitting out the shortened campaign last year, and he hit .304/.390/.499 with 18 homers, 23 doubles, 56 RBI and 68 runs in 113 games. Curt Casali is the only other catcher on the Giants' big-league roster, and the retirement should open the path for prospect Joey Bart to compete for the starting job in spring training.
Posey went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer and a strikeout in Friday's 4-0 win over the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS. Posey hadn't homered since Sept. 14, but he blasted a deep shot to right field in the first inning of Friday's NLDS matchup. Across his last seven appearances, the 34-year-old backstop has gone 8-for-22 with a home run, two doubles, eight RBI, three runs and four walks.
Posey went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a walk in Sunday's 11-4 win over the Padres. Posey got the Giants on the board with a two-run single in the third inning and later knocked another RBI base hit in the fourth. Since the start of September, he's gone 27-for-89 (.303) with 15 RBI and 11 extra-base hits. He turned in a .304/.390/.499 slash line through 454 plate appearances this season.
Posey will sit Saturday against the Padres, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Posey gets a rest after starting four straight games behind the plate. Curt Casali will catch Kevin Gausman in the penultimate game of the regular season.
Posey went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs and an RBI in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks. Posey drew a walk with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to collect his 51st RBI of the campaign before coming around to score on a Joe Mantiply wild pitch. With the Giants holding a two-game lead over the Dodgers for the National League West crown, Posey could be rested once or twice in the team's final five contests if San Francisco is able to secure the division title by the end of the week.